Pepe Reina using charity clash to say goodbye to Liverpool fans

Pepe Reina

The Spanish goalkeeper has admitted that he will use today’s charity game to say goodbye to the Kop.

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has admitted that he is ready to use today’s charity clash as a way to say thank you and goodbye to the club’s fans - and that he is looking forward to hearing ‘You'll Never Walk Alone’ again.

The Spanish stopper was on the Merseyside club’s books for eight years, before going on loan to Napoli last term and signing for Bayern Munich in the summer.

Today’s fixture will see Reds legends Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard captain teams to raise much-needed funds for local charities.

Reina has admitted that he will use the fixture as a last opportunity to bond with the home faithful and say goodbye.

“It's a great moment for everybody, not just for Stevie, but for the city and for all the players who are involved in this game and for this cause. We'll have a wonderful time,” Reina told the official Liverpool site.

“It's emotional. It's a way for me to say 'goodbye' to everybody and say a 'thank-you' for all those happy moments during my eight years here.

“To hear 'You'll Never Walk Alone' once again, and, who knows, maybe for the last time as a player, it's always special.”

Other former Liverpool stars to return to Anfield include Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres and Luis Garcia.

Reina won the FA Cup and League Cup during his time in England but was eventually replaced by Brendan Rodgers.

He is currently back-up to Manuel Neuer at the Allianz Arena and has recently made his debut in the Bundesliga, meaning that Reina has played in all four of Europe’s main top flights.

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